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Effect of Applying for Financial Aid on Getting Accepted

billybob1235billybob1235 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
I know that Wash U is not need blind. However, I also know that their endowment is huge and much larger than other need-blind institutions. Does anyone know what the effect of applying for financial aid is? I would think that it is not huge since their endowment is so large, but since they're not need blind, it has to have some effect. I have shown a lot of interest in the school and have a 2140 SAT and 32 ACT.
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Replies to: Effect of Applying for Financial Aid on Getting Accepted

  • onecot59onecot59 Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    I don't think it has much effect. In prior year's post it was estimated that it might impact the final 1-2% accepted.

    You posted just a few stats. Your GPA, course rigor, extras and hooks have a significant impact as well.
  • metsrule50metsrule50 Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    I've heard that about 8-10 percent of applicants are looked at in need-aware fashion. I don't get why a school with such a large endowment isn't need blind.
  • RyanMKRyanMK Registered User Posts: 788 Member
    A lot of it has to do with the fact that they provide merit scholarships while many universities of similar caliber do not (or if they do, usually to a lesser extent).
  • synth204synth204 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    While WashU is need-aware, it won't break your application if it's strong. Don't worry about it.
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